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‘Jeopardy’ champ is unseated after 38 wins

Matt Amodio finishes second in all-time Jeopardy victories, well behind Ken Jennings’ 74, and third in winnings with just over $1.5 million.
"Jeopardy!" contestant Matt Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” ended on Monday’s show, leaving the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money.
"Jeopardy!" contestant Matt Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” ended on Monday’s show, leaving the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money. [ AP ]
Published Oct. 12
Updated Oct. 12

NEW YORK — All good things must come to an end and Matt Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” did just that on the Monday, Oct. 11 show, leaving the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money.

Amodio failed to answer the Final Jeopardy! clue correctly and finished third on Monday’s show, his streak cut short by new champion Jonathan Fisher, an actor originally from Coral Gables.

Amodio finished No. 2 on the all-time consecutive wins list behind only Ken Jennings with 74 wins. He took home a total of $1,518,601, which puts him third on the all-time non-tournament cash winnings list behind James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Jennings ($2,520,700).

“l know going into every bar trivia game that I play that I’m going to come in with a little intimidation factor. But also, I just like the badge that it represents. As somebody who prioritizes knowledge and knowing things, this is really a good one to have following me everywhere,” Amodio, a fifth-year computer science Ph.D student at Yale University, said in a statement.

He became known for starting all of his questions with “What’s...” instead of using suitable alternatives such as “Who is...,” an unorthodox approach that made some longtime viewers groan.

But it was within the quiz show’s rules and, as Amodio explained, helped him limit any “unnecessary moving parts” that might undermine his effectiveness.

What became known as the “Amodio Rodeo” proved a welcome distraction for the quiz show and its producer Sony Pictures Television, which saw its efforts founder to replace its late and beloved host Alex Trebek.

Sony turned to guest hosts Mayim Bialik and Jennings after its original pick for the job, “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards, exited the show following the disclosure of his past disparaging podcasts remarks about women and others.

Sony has said it was resuming its search for a permanent host.

By MARK KENNEDY, Associated Press